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1950 Lea-Francis Eighteen Sport Roadster Vehicle Profile

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1950 Lea-Francis Eighteen
In 1895, the Lea-Francis Company was founded by Richard Lea and Graham Francis to build technically advanced, high quality bicycles. They gained a reputation and in 1903, they built their first car. The car was not particularly successful, but a line of motorcycles introduced in 1912 were much better received. Car production continued through 1962 with a total of 10,000 produced.

The 2.5 Litre Sports series was introduced in 1949 in roadster and saloon configurations. They rode on a 99 inch wheelbase chassis with independent front suspension and were powered by a 4-cylidner engine with two SU carburetors offering 120 horsepower. It was capable of 100 mph. The body was built of hand-rolled aluminum and only 77 were produced.

This example is the first of only six sent to the United States market. Until acquired by the current owner, it had remained in the same family for 57 years. The restoration was completed with parts supplied by the 81 year old Englishman who acquired the company's assets when it went out of business in 1963.


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Recent Sales

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1950 Lea Francis 2½ Litre Westland Sports
Chassis#: 5110
Sold for USD$47,897
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 

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